We tried to stop giving my mother elephants.  We switched to moose.  After the polar fleece robe featuring a moose motif, we returned to the giving of elephants.  This moose standing in snow, mounted on a strangely curved slab of glass was a gift from that short period of time when the family felt the elephant collection was getting too large.

Moose Paperweight, Family Treasures No. 34

I find triad color schemes to be useful when the subject is somewhat neutral, like a brown moose.  It’s not that much of a stretch from reality to make the antlers yellow and the moose’s body leaning toward violet.  Using the Complementary Triad Color Scheme (one pair of complements with one color equal distance between the two) I chose a blue-green for the background of the larger cell.

Sketchbook Drawing: Family Treasures No. 34 – drawn first with fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Black Ink, followed by watercolor washes.